[Oberlist] AT* evnt: The Bureau of Melodramatic Research & Stefan Tiron; Artists in Residence KulturKontakt

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Subiect: Artists in Residence KulturKontakt - Opening: Thursday, December
3rd,  2009, 7pm
De la:   "alina popa" <alina.l.popa at gmail.com>
Data:    Mie, Decembrie 2, 2009 22:29

*Artists in Residence KulturKontakt*

Opening: *Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 7pm*
Galerie ArtPoint, Universitätsstrasse 5

Dear all,

we would like to invite you to the opening of our exhibition in
KulturKontakt’s  Galerie ArtPoint. Attached is the press release.

*The Bureau of Melodramatic Research & Stefan Tiron*

*“SOS - Soul of Sustainability”*

Starting from the analysis of the artist-in-residence condition we focused
on the concept of sustainability, as part of the main discourse in cultural
organizations. The prevalence of this new term relies on the fact that art
and culture are seen as indispensable though until recently disregarded
instruments in the larger policy of sustainable development.  But what does
sustainable development actually sustain? The Bureau of Melodramatic
Research has spotted how its very own object of study - emotion,
sensitivity, pathos – is instrumentalized with the purpose of saving the
soul of sustainability (“Sustainability also needs a soul”, Dr. Hildegard
Kurt, from “Art as Seismograph”, KulturKontakt Magazine, Autumn,
2009).  Artists
regarded as bearers of subjectivity are the main “agents of the soul”, the
missing link of a self-contained chain of sustainability, which the Bureau
has identified as being a strategy of actually sustaining the power of
capital owners.

The red “heart” and the sensitive “soul” are put to use in a new surgical
operation co-opting what was left out, mainly the typical know-how coming
out of “arts and culture”. Further, “humaneness” is defined, like all
natural resources as an exploitable non-renewable fuel, as a limited
commodity.  We see this directly in the accumulation of a *capital of
pain*that is being amassed and stored for further use.

*The Bureau of Melodramatic Research* is an independent institution founded
in 2009 by Irina Gheorghe and Alina Popa.  Its main strategic goal is to
raise the veil laid over melodrama in different social contexts and ensure
public free access to the results of the research. BMR is a non-profit
making organization with the general aim of cooperation with institutions
from the cultural field in order to reveal the circuit of the sentimental
capital which determines social, politic and ultimately economic relations.
The Bureau conducts critical analysis by detecting melodramatized
appropriations and reappropriations. Its melodramatic methodology is defined
as *melocritique*.

In cooperation with writers, theoreticians and other Bureau agents, we are
presently developing a research project about Romanian melodrama, its roots
and dissemination in today's society. The 2009 Activity Report has been
issued as a first step in this study.

*Stefan Tiron* is also known as a paranoia double agent, information dealer,
dirty data miner,

info broker, shady somatic recipient and damaged cortical data retriever. In
2009 he started the Tschuessy Feng radio show. He indulges in his recent
hobby for the cultural and ideological ramification of apiculture and
beehive metaphors for the society at large.

* *

*BMR & ST in Vienna         *

BMR&ST are currently extending their research on the Austrian context due to
a key partnership with KulturKontakt. We would like to question the rise of
melodramatic strategies in the East-West relations considering Vienna's
reputation as a cultural hub: *Wien ist eine Drehscheibe für junge Künstler
aus Ost- und Südosteuropa* (die Presse, 17. November 2009,

For any further information and suggestions, please do not hesitate to
contact us at mimodrama at gmail.com & megatronorama at gmail.com.
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